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Md. Corrections Officer Speaks Out After Attack

CUMBERLAND, Md. (AP) — A corrections officer in western Maryland says he received a blood transfusion and was treated for about 10 stab wounds after being attacked by an inmate.

Herbert Hilliard spoke to the Times-News of Cumberland to put a “face on the story” of assaults on corrections officers.

The officer at the maximum-security North Branch Correctional Institution, near Cumberland, was one of about 250 people who attended a protest against prison management on Friday.

Hilliard, 34, was attacked Monday morning. He says he spent the night in the hospital and suffered injuries to his ribs, arms and head.

After the attack Monday, a union for correctional officers criticized state prison managers, saying an inmate had warned in writing that an assault on an officer would soon take place.

(Copyright 2013 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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